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Dive Into The New Year With Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2018!

December 1st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2018If you’re looking for a fun way to break in the new year on Virginia’s eastern shore, look no further than Chincoteague Island and Polar Pony Plunge 2018! The popular, annual event is held every January 1st on Assateague Island.

New Year’s Eve is a lot of fun but New Year’s Day can be even better if you find the right way to celebrate it. Chincoteague Island’s annual Polar Pony Plunge is one of those right ways. I mean, what could possibly be more fulfilling than throwing yourself headlong into the icy surf of the Atlantic, right?

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Enjoy A Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving and Save!

November 4th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special 2017Come enjoy a Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving and save with The 1848 Island Manor House Bed & Breakfast Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday but it can also be a lot of work and stress. If you’d prefer to relax during your holiday, let our Chincoteague B&B, 1848 Island Manor House can help! Our Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving Lodging Special is designed to let you sit back and relax while we do all the work.

Your Chincoteague Island Thanksgiving starts the moment you arrive in the form of a bottle of wine and a cheese tray waiting in your room. Come Thanksgiving dinner, we’ll send you off to Bill’s Prime Steak and Seafood, a lovely 3 minute stroll from the front door of our Chincoteague Island B&B. Your dinner at Bill’s is on us and includes an unlimited, plated meal and a glass of house wine. Bon appétit!

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2017

October 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2017Why settle for one bird this Thanksgiving when you can have thousands? Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend is a rare chance to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the annual fall migration. November 23-26, 2017.

You already know that Chincoteague Island, VA is home to lush natural beauty. Our pristine beaches, vibrant wildlife, and the famous wild ponies bring us visitors from around the globe. A less well known fact is that one of the best times for nature lovers to visit is on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s because it’s the peak of the annual fall migration.

Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway, with thousands of acres of beaches, forest, and both fresh and saltwater marshes. Many waterfowl literally flock here every fall either to rest during their journey south or to winter over in our milder climate. Herons, brant geese, snowy egrets, double-crested cormorants, snow geese, and many others become common sights in the refuge.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is mostly off limits for much of the year. Once Thanksgiving weekend rolls around, however, a very unique opportunity presents itself. Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend!

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Shuck and Slurp – It’s Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017!

September 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017 – the 45th annual! – celebrates the heritage of Chincoteague Salts and welcomes the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun on October 7th, 2017 at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island!

Fresh Seafood.

Is there any finer phrase, especially when spoken on the pristine shores of Chincoteague Island? I don’t think so.

If there is a rival, it might be “Chincoteague Oyster Festival.” The waters around Chincoteague and Assateague are known for their oyster beds and the special “Chincoteague Salts” that dwell there. Chincoteague’s history would have been very different and a little sad without these frisky, little bivalves. So we celebrate – and how!

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The 14th Annual Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale

August 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & SaleThe 2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is almost here! Artists from around the region will be on hand painting and selling. September 9th, 6pm to 9pm at the United Methodist Church Social Hall.

The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is an annual event, held the weekend after Labor Day each year. The event brings more than 50 fine artists to the island and a crowd of art lovers many times that size. That’s because you’ll have the opportunity to buy the paintings you watched being created!

“En Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” It refers to the act of painting both out of doors and in a race with the changing light and movement of clouds. Plein Air paintings often contain a sense of life, urgency, and excitement brought on by this race against the elements.

En Plein Air became very popular in the mid-1800’s with the introduction of paint tubes and the box easel. Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir practiced the style and helped to make it famous. Now you can come be a part of this artistic tradition on Chincoteague Island!

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Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague Island

July 22nd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. In fact, fishing, clamming, and crabbing Chincoteague are some of our island’s popular activities!

When most people think of Chincoteague Island, visions of wild ponies tend to fill their heads – and why not? The annual Chincoteague Island pony swim is a very unique and special thing – but it’s hardly the only reason to visit Chincoteague Island!

Chincoteague was once known for its unique, salty oysters. While “Chincoteague Salts,” as they’re known, are still sought after, most of the currently rebounding local oyster beds were over-fished during the 19th century. Today we’re more known for our fishing, clamming, and crabbing.

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Come To Chincoteague and Explore Historic Assateague Lighthouse!

June 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit historic Assateague Lighthouse!Historic Assateague Lighthouse is a photogenic landmark you can tour that is just 3 miles from our Chincoteague Island B&B!

The distinctive red and white tower of the Assateague Lighthouse is 142 feet high and almost 5 miles inland on the Virginia side of the island. Earlier, shore-based versions of the light proved too vulnerable to storms and shifting sands. The current tower was moved farther inland in 1867.

Assateague Lighthouse is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. It is recognizable to many because of its broad red and white stripes and unique double-flash pattern.

Lighthouse buffs come from all around the world to visit Assateague Lighthouse. Visitors are delighted to discover that they can easily walk or bike to the lighthouse. That’s true of almost everything on Assateague and Chincoteague. The islands are the perfect place to set off on foot or on a bike. Traffic is typically light on the roads and there are miles of trails, including one out to the lighthouse.

Assateague Lighthouse is open for tours every weekend, April to November – and yes, you can climb the tower!

Both Chincoteague and Assateague Island are relatively flat. Consequently, Assateague Lighthouse stands head and shoulders above just about everything else on the islands! It towers over you as you approach the base – and the views from the top? Absolutely stunning. Not only can you see the entirety of both Assateague and Chincoteague but also Wallops Island and portions of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland!

Assateague Lighthouse

The tower is open for free tours on weekends in April through November, 9am to 12pm, 12:30pm to 3pm.
Donations go towards maintaining lighthouse tour staff and maintenance.
Visit www.assateagueisland.com for more information about the Assateague Light.

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Let Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast help you to make the most of your Chincoteague adventures! Our individually decorated guest rooms will have you feeling right at home with their luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips and we are more than happy to help you arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!

Don’t Miss the 2017 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival!

May 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival 2017Come out to Chincoteague Island for the rides, games, fun, and food that make up the annual Volunteer Fireman's Carnival! Open every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to July 30th, 2017!

Summer! After spring, is there any other season more welcome? The warmth and light, the activity, and all the great things to see and do that make up the season. One annual summer event that’s a favorite around these parts is the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, held every year through the month of July.

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Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market – Come Taste the Fresh!

April 14th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Farmer's MarketThe Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market offers so much more than fresh local produce. Beyond being a farm to table provider, the market also offers quality arts, crafts, attic treasures, and live entertainment! As a matter of fact, they’re now referring to it as the Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market!

The Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is held on Church Street most Saturdays, from April 15th to October 28th, and most Wednesdays, from May 31st to September 6th. The market is a wonderful opportunity to experience and share in the island community spirit. A festive spirit pervades the scene, propelled is part by the laughter and smiles, good food, live music, and the beauty of Virginia’s eastern shore.

Of course, another reason to go is all the great, fresh produce! You’ll find local meats, seafood, honey, eggs, seasonal produce, cheeses, seedlings, flowers, jams, and fresh baked goods. Admission is free – and so is parking!

One of the best aspects of our Farmer’s Market is the entertainment. Good, live music is always a plus, adding spice to an event like nothing else can. Chincoteague’s Farmer’s Market has 17 days of live entertainment in the chute – now all it needs is your ears!

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market Performance Schedule
April 15 – Ally Tarwater & Friends
22 – Michael Yountz
29 – Hemlock Hollow
May 13 – Dawn Williams
20 – Michael Yountz
27 – Hot Spot Band
June 10 – Kasey Williams
17 – Hemlock Hollow
July 8, 12, 15, 19 – Leah Woods
22 – Hemlock Hollow
August 2, 5 – Kasey Williams
12 – Dawn Williams
October 14 – Mike Hawker

Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market is also home to the Second Saturday Artful Flea! What’s an Artful Flea, you ask?

The Artful Flea is an opportunity to peruse and purchase from an amazing array of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and attic treasures. Like the Farmer’s Market, it also features food and live music. In fact, the event replaces the Farmer’s Market on the 2nd Saturday of each month, May through October.

Grand Opening Day for the Artful Flea this year is May 13th, 9am to 2pm. This first Artful Flea is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Mother Earth Day Festival. Come enjoy the special environmental exhibits, activities, and fun!

2017 Chincoteague Island Farmer’s Market

6309 Church Street, Chincoteague, VA
Open Saturdays, April 15th to October 28th and ​Wednesdays, May 31st through September 6th, 9am to 1pm. On Pony Penning Week the Market is open Tuesday, July 25th and closed Wednesday.

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1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located on Chincoteague’s Main Street, just minutes from the Farmer’s Market, other shops and restaurants, and the the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island. Let us share the Islander spirit with you at our Chincoteague Island B&B. Book your stay today!

Get Set For The 2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup!

March 6th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony RoundupSpring is on the way and with it the annual Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup! This year’s checkup on the wild horses of Assateague Island is scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2017.

You’ve heard of the annual Pony Swim that occurs every summer but did you know that there are two other roundups during the year, too. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company holds a roundup in the spring and the fall, as well.

These roundups allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company a chance to give the herd an overall health check. The spring pony roundup also sees buybacks from the previous year’s auction released back into the wild.

While these seasonal, health-check roundups are nowhere near the spectacle of the annual swim, they’re still very much worth experiencing. Further, as the two events are not as famous as the Pony Swim, the crowds are lesser, too. That means more viewing the wild ponies of Assateague close-up and less time fighting crowds.

The roundups are split into two days to accommodate the two separate herds of wild horses on Assateague.

The southern herd is the first to be rounded up: April 7th, 5 pm. The pen for this herd is located on the road going out to the beach on Assateague Island. The southern herd is smaller and closer with plenty of parking. Consequently, this first roundup only lasts a few hours and is the most popular of the two spring pony roundup events.

The roundup for the northern herd is scheduled for 8 am on April 8th. This herd is located on the northern end of Assateague Island, translating into a three-mile hike, one way, up the island’s service road. One has to be prepared for the hike but, because of this perceived inconvenience, the Saturday morning roundup tends to be a less crowded.

The northern herd is quite a bit larger than the southern, so the roundup is a much longer affair. Add in the combined six-mile hike and you’re making a day of it. Fun!

Either date will provide you with an indelible snapshot of these gorgeous wild horses and the amazing lives they lead. Come see the wild ponies of Assateague!

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup

April 7th & 8th
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more details and a guide to other events and attractions on Chincoteague Island.

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Come discover the comfort and relaxation of island time on Chincoteague. Book your stay at 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today.